Dom to leave Somerset

England spinner Dom Bess will leave Somerset at the end of the current season.

Dom progressed through the Devon age group system and represented Devon with aplomb before graduating from the Somerset Academy in 2015. He went on to make his debut for the Club against Pakistan in 2016.

Dom has featured in 26 First Class matches for Somerset, taking 79 wickets and scoring 757 runs.

His performances for Somerset earned him an England call up in 2018 and he has gone on to play 10 Tests for his country.

Regarding his decision, Dom said: “This is not a decision that I’ve taken lightly. I’ve been with Somerset since joining the Academy, I’ve grown up here and some of my best friends are in the team with me.

“It’s been a really hard decision. There were good discussions with the Club and they offered a contract extension, however I think it’s the right decision in terms of needing First Team opportunities. Given the direction that I want to go with my cricket I think it’s time to move on.

“I want to thank the Somerset fans for everything they’ve done in terms of supporting me and the whole team when we’re out on the pitch. That’s always meant a lot to me.

“Somerset is a special place and hopefully I can help to play a part in the team being even more successful before I leave.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “It’s been fantastic to watch Dom’s development unfold at the Club, progressing from school cricket at Blundell’s School in Tiverton, through to playing in the International arena.

“Everyone is aware of the significant competition for places that we have within our spin bowling resources that are competing across all formats. Understandably, Dom wants to play as much cricket as he possible can and we totally respect his decision to move on to another Club where there are more guaranteed playing opportunities.

“There is no doubt we will miss his character, energy, commitment, and ability. We wish him well and we are grateful for the role he has played in driving the Club forward.”